What makes the Artefact Hybrid Yacht stand out from most combustion-engine builds is that it can run on its battery alone for a bit, without relying on fuel to push the hull forward.

The new 262-foot Artefact Hybrid Yacht boasts five decks and green-centric design elements that aim to provide silence and stability. As of this writing, the boat is undergoing sea trials before it eventually reaches delivery period next summer.

In making this new build, the goal for German shipyard Nobiskrug was to make something that could be operated as silently as possible. As a result, the design comprises a steel hull and composite superstructure, courtesy of maritime architecture legend Gregory C. Marshall. You’ll find 248-feet sundeck-mounted solar panels and a large battery storage system, both of which enable Artefact to operate silently for short bursts. That is, without relying on any combustion engines.

Also worthy of highlight is its DC-bus diesel-electric variable-speed Azipod-propulsion and dynamic-positioning systems. These advanced elements negate the need to drop anchor onto the fragile seafloor, while ensuring efficiency and lower emissions.

Custom six-blade propellers minimize noise and vibration as it maximizes performance. Moreover, you’ll find a wastewater-recycling system onboard, which filters and refreshes water for use in technical systems.

All these design choices have enabled the Artefact Hybrid Yacht to pass the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III emissions regulations. It arrives as one of the very few superyachts to achieve this feat. As for living quarters, you get eight staterooms and 12 crew cabins. And you’ll find all guest social areas in low-acceleration zones for more serene cruising.


Photos courtesy of Nobiskrug